Saturday, 30 December 2006

Toll Hikes and the Johore Floods: Anger and Frustrations

Sign ONLINE PETITION Against UNFAIR TOLL HIKE !

MUST READ ARTICLE:
WHY THE TOLL HIKES? To Bail out the Privatised Companies - 11 Billion Wasted on 7 Companies. Read here for more

From Wengsan's Blog

Please sign online petition to register your strongest disagreement to the unfair toll hike in GCE, Karak Highway, Kesas Highway, LDP and Cheras-Kajang Highway with effective from 1st January 2007.

Click English version:
http://www.petitiononline.com/notolle/petition.html

Click Malay version:
http://www.petitiononline.com/notollm/petition.html

Sign it as soon as possible and spread the words around so that we can create a huge force in the internet to force the government to defer the hike!Every signature counts!

We need to collect as many signatures as possible in the shortest time to exert pressure on the Ministry and the UMNO-led government.

The petition will eventually be submitted to the Ministry if we have collected enough number of signatures, say 10,000 signatures!

PLUGGED-1 : MCA Joined Opposition Parties to Demonstrate Against Toll Hikes

The MCA and two opposition political parties, DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat (PKR), today staged separate demonstrations to protest against toll hikes.

About 100 Puchong MCA members led by division chairman Wong Hock Aun gathered at the Lebuhraya Damansara Puchong (LDP) toll plaza in Bandar Sunway at 10am, carrying banners and placards at 10am.

Puchong PKR chief Yaakob Sapari said: "The government is being unfair to the public by allowing the increase as the people are already burdened with the hike in water and electricity tariffs."

Motorists honked as sign of support for the demonstrators.

Meanwhile, DAP and PKR vowed to stage more protests and demonstration at the LDP toll plazas in the coming week. Read here for more

Bila MCA pun turut turun berdemo

".... Saya tak tahu samada kita perlu mengucapkan syabas atau mentertawakan mereka, tetapi agak janggal apabila melihat hampir seluruh pimpinan MCA Puchong turun berdemonstrasi berhampiran tol LDP di Sunway semalam. Tetapi saya agak eloklah kita ucapakan syabas kepada mereka kerana berani menerima hakikat bahawa kenaikkan kadar tol ini adalah satu bebanan pada rakyat.

Saya kira MCA Puchong TERPAKSA membuat bantahan ini kerana mereka tidak ada jawapan untuk diberikan kepada para penyokong mereka yang sudah pasti marah kepada kerajaan kerana meluluskan kenaikkan ini.

Tetapi kenapa salahkan LDP semata-mata? LDP sekadar sebuah syarikat.

Sedangkan yang memberikan keizinan dan kelulusan adalah kerajaan Malaysia dimana MCA adalah anggota kanannya?!

Sepatutnya MCA Puchong turut mendesak kerajaan Malaysia agar menyemak semula atau menarik balik keputusan ini, hantarlah memo kepada Ong Ka Ting, Presiden mereka yang duduk dalam kabinet. Dan kebetulan di situ hantar juga memo membantah kenaikkan harga barangan dan perkhidmatan yang kini mencekek kehidupan rakyat jelata.

Kalau tuntutan mereka tidak dilayani, tinggalkan sahaja MCA dan bersama parti-parti alternatif untuk memperjuangkan nasib rakyat.
-Roslan SMS Corner. Read here for more


Read here more (and photos) on the Toll Hike and the Demonstration by MCA and Opposition Parties


".... Kenaikan kadar tol lebuhraya: Hasil dasar penswastaan yang anti-rakyat ... Najib Razak (TPM) dan Zainuddin Maidin (Menteri Penerangan) sudah memberi amaran kepada para editor akhbar-akhbar supaya jangan membesar-besarkan isu tersebut. ....

Menteri Kerja Raya, Sammy Vellu pula, seperti biasa, mengemukakan angka-angka yang memperlihatkan kos tinggi pembinaan lebuhraya-lebuhraya itu tersebut di samping jumlah besar yang perlu ditanggung kerajaan (yakni dengan menggunakan wang rakyat) bagi membayar imbuhan kepada para penerima konsesi itu jika sekiranya kenaikan kadar tol yang telah dipersetujui tidak dilaksanakan.

Yang tidak ditimbulkan ialah hakikat bahawa keperluan membayar imbuhan kepada para pemegang konsesi itu adalah hasil dasar penswastaan lebuhraya yang kucar-kacir (malah tolol) yang terlalu memihak kepada kepentingan pihak kroni dan pengusaha penerima konsesi – dan sekali gus tidak mengindahkan (malah memusuhi) kepentingan para pengguna jalanraya (yakni rakyat banyak).

.....Kita di negara ini bukan sahaja harus menanggung kadar tol yang terus menerus meningkat, tetapi cukai-cukai pengangkutan jalan yang lama terus juga kita bayar. Sayangnya kerajaan tidak pernah berasa teruja untuk menurunkan beban pihak pengguna. Kerajaan hanya berminat untuk menaikkan kadar tol demi kepentingan para pengusaha penerima konsesi lebuhraya itu."
- SUARA RAKYAT -Read here for more


Tol - Apa yang kita mahu?

" ..... Apakah kita, kelompok yang marah apabila kadar tol terus-terusan dinaikkan, mahu kadar tol diturunkan atau kita menuntut agar kutipan tol ke atas pengguna jalanraya itu sendiri dihentikan? Persoalannya apakah dasar penswastaan negara sudah gagal?

...Terlalu banyak 'wang kopi' yang terpaksa ditanggung. Tambahan-tambahan kepada kos ini semuanya dipindahkan kepada pengguna.

...Apa sekalipun dokumen-dokumen dan perjanjian berkaitan perlu dideklasifikasikan daripada status RAHSIA dan didedahkan sepenuhnya kepada kerajaan. Menteri berkuasa melakukan ini atau Parlimen perlu bertindak segera memansuhkan Akta Rahsia Rasmi yang melindungi dokumen yang sama sekali tidak berkaitan dengan keselamatan dan kepentingan negara sebegini.

.... Rakyat perlukan maklumat! Setakat ini kita menolak kenaikan kadar tol. Tetapi kita memerlukan lebih maklumat untuk menentukan samada kita menolak sama sekali penswastaan jalanraya. Hanya selepas mendapat maklumat yang dikategori rahsia ini kita akan dapat membuat keputusan.

...Buat masa sekarang, saya sekurang-kurangnya telah membuat keputusan bahawa rejim Abdullah Badawi ini BUKAN kerajaan saya. Mereka samada terlalu bodoh sehingga membuat perjanjian yang merugikan rakyat, atau mereka khianat kepada rakyat sehingga sanggup membuat perjanjian itu. Ayuh rakyat! Nyatakan pendirian anda."
- Gelanggang minda,medan bicara. Read here for more


PLUGGED -2 : The Johore Flood

Where are the Johore Ministers ?

"..... Where's Syed Hamid? Where's Khaled? Eleven people have died in the worst floods in Johor's - and the country's - history. Last night the number of evacuees in Johor rose as more areas went under.

For now, it is getting worse for the state, not better. People have begun to notice the absence of certain Johor politicians and MPs from the scene.

They couldn't all have gone to Perth for holiday, could they?"
-Read on Rocky's Bru

".. (A) news report that a soldier had asked flood victims in Segamat for money before rescuing them .... Rumours had been rife since the massive floods in Johore, particularly in Segamat and Kota Tinggi, of such extortionist conduct by some irresponsible elements who held flood victims to ransom in demanding money to rescue them......

In Segamat, a flood victim, Wong Yee Ken had come forward to lodge a police report on how he was forced to bribe a military personnel to take food and drinks to his customers and staff who were trapped in his hair salon and also to rescue them by boat. The report was lodged two days ago – Police Report Number SEGAMAT/007292/06.

The wife of Tunku Mahkota Johor, Raja Zarith Sofiah, has also commendably spoken up about allegations in Kota Tinggi that some rescue personnel had demanded money from flood victims as payments to rescue them, calling for investigations by the relevant authorities. (Raja Zarith is the Chairperson for the Malaysian Red Crescent Community Service Committee.)
-Read here on Lim Kit Siang Blog

BRIBE CULTURE AMONG MALAYSIANS

"....... Malaysians who had always been known for their simple, helpful and courteous personality....had changed so drastically of late due to the bad influence cultivated by the Barisan Nasional politicians who had governed our country for almost fifty(50) years with corrupt, irresponsible, selfish and uncaring attitude.

The recent floods ...demonstrated that army personnel who are paid by public funds had demanded payment for rescuing flood victims.

This clearly shows that the Arm Forces has many flaws that the ministry need to address in wave of incidents like C4 used on the Mongolian woman and now demanding a bribe for rescue.

If these sort of bad culture were to suffice any further, the National Security of our country could also be undermined by bigger powers by bribing them.

WILL WE BE SAFE IN THEIR HANDS ?????
-KAMAL TALKS - Read here for more

Read here more (and photos) on THE FLOOD in Johore, Pahang and Other States


Ehsan Najib untuk mangsa banjir

"... Mangsa-mangsa banjir di seluruh negara akan mendapat bantuan wang tunai daripada kerajaan. Wang itu wang negara, tetapi ketika mengumumkannya Najib Razak dengan tegas, sambil mengetuk-ngetuk jari pada meja, menegaskan bahawa ia bukan wang ganti rugi tetapi wang ehsan.

Tetapi saya faham kenapa Najib bertegas. Kalau gantirugi, kerajaan perlu membayar mengikut taksiran kerugian sebenar, tetapi jika wang ehsan, maka jumlahnya terpulang kepada ehsan pemerintah untuk memberi. Sekalipun ia wang negara, tetapi tertakluk kepada ehsan pemerintah.

Najib lahir, membesar dan terus hidup di dalam keluarga orang besar-besar, keluarga orang kaya. Beliau tidak pernah mengharapkan ehsan orang untuk meneruskan kehidupan.
Beliau tidak pernah merasakan keperitan hidup.

Justeru beliau tidak mungkin faham bagaimana keadaan orang yang dilanda bencana dan mungkin kehilangan segala-galanya yang bernilai buat mereka kecuali nyawa dan ahli keluarga mereka.

Kerana itu perbuatan beliau mengetuk-ngetuk meja dengan mencebik bibir kesombongan untuk menegaskan perkara ehsan ini harus kita fahami.

Selama ini Najib tidak pernah menunjukkan kemampuan untuk memahami keperitan hidup rakyat.
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Gelanggan minda, medan bicara. Read here for more

2 comments:

Lau Weng San said...

Thanks for highlighting the petition on your blog. Let's spread the words so that more can sign and show their disagreements.

Anonymous said...

Being a Malaysian who is paying taxes, I think it is the right of the people to know how the money is being spent. People like Samy Vellu should have been remove from his position long ago as we the new generations are pretty fed up of the same stupid remarks he made everytime as if we malaysian are a stupid lot. And he is probably right coz we allow such a old man who is behind time to lead us in this area. Todays economy is no longer the same as what when you took control samy. The only logic in all these minister head is when not enough money increase the rate. Very simple solutions for minister that can`t be bothered with the rakyat`s burden. On another hand, the government made advertisement on the TV asking malaysian to buy and spend smart and look for the best bargine and so on...And then the government come with something like this. Well if the government wants to be in power they have better change.
Obviously Samy hasn`t pay any toll before. Being a minister, he probably got everything free. So move on Samy.